Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday September 12, 2011 Seeking the Essence

This is where I begin. I set up a still life in the studio, with pottery, Mexican sarapes and flowers. I draw from the still life set up. Then I paint.

This would be a painting from a still life set-up. It is from this point I begin to find the essence of the still life.

Still Life Revisited/New Mexico Garden (night) 11" x 11" gouache on w/c paper

Still Life Revisited/ Mexican Sarape (night) II 11"x 11" gouache on w/c paper

I continue to try find the essence of the still life. Still Life Revisited/ New Mexico Garden(night) is stark, actually looks "still" to me. It is based on early Mexico pottery and in the second piece, Still Life Revisited/ Mexican Sarape (Night) I have removed the pottery from on top of the sarape, and just painted the essence of the sarape, and for me it also captures the idea of the "stillness" of still life.

*Note: The images did not come from the still life set up, but another. I just wanted to share my process. The steps I go through to find the essence or final image.


erin said...

the essence of the still life

but of course! i hadn't understood but now i do, especially with the painting of the Mexican Sarape. annell, is this creation then like holding the hand of god? finding the essence~ and as i write this i startle myself. isn't every act of creation this!


erin said...

(of course not god in the traditional sense, but rather the poetic sense, god as being, god as all.)

Mary said...

So interesting to read how you create, Annell. You should have someone take a photo of you at work in your studio with still life in front of you sometime!

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...


I like'the journey' to the final steps of the process. The use of colours and the story found in all the objects used.
Living words, through colour!


Sherry Blue Sky said...

What a fascinating process. I most loved the second painting, done from the still life. So beautiful.And such a feast for the eyes is the gathering you have set up of wonderful objects, serapes and rich color.

Marilyn said...

This is so interesting, I love your work.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, I Iove your use of colour!

SandyCarlson said...

Sure is an amazing process to follow. So rich in color and life!

nancy neva gagliano said...

thank you for the time it took to share your process. . .a deepening. and the last Mexican Serape Night: bends my mouth into a smile.

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